FT: Erdoğan is an unsettling political figure, like Putin

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 FT’s editorial today:

‘…Since his re-election as prime minister in 2011, Mr Erdogan has become an unpredictable and unsettling political figure. It is difficult to imagine that his elevation to the presidency will temper this.

On some issues, he has shown statesmanship. After years of fruitless conflict, Mr Erdogan has launched a brave gamble to end the 30-year insurgency of the Kurdistan Worker’s party (PKK), which has cost about 40,000 lives. But this is a rare example of political maturity at a time when he has been an controversial actor in Middle Eastern policy.

Whatever happens to the presidency, it is hard to see the economy doing better than stagnate. The country’s weak current account and dependence on short-term flows to finance its yawning deficit make it acutely vulnerable to external ripples let alone shocks – a risk magnified by Mr Erdogan’s willingness to undermine the independence of economic management.

Mr Erdogan has the numbers to prevail, not least because he retains the support of the Anatolian masses, whose living standards have increased. However, it would be in Turkey’s best interests were he not to win a landslide on the first round, but was at least forced into a more testing contest…’

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About yavuzbaydar

Yavuz Baydar has been an award-winning Turkish journalist, whose professional activity spans nearly four decades. In December 2013, Baydar co-founded the independent media platform, P24, Punto24, to monitor the media sector of Turkey, as well as organizing surveys, and training workshops. Baydar wrote opinion columns, in Turkish, liberal daily Ozgur Dusunce and news site Haberdar, and in English, daily Today's Zaman, on domestic and foreign policy issues related to Turkey, and media matters, until all had to cease publications due to growing political oppression. Currently, he writes regular chronicles for Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, and opinion columns for the Arab Weekly, as well as analysis for Index on Censorship. Baydar blogs with the Huffington Post, sharing his his analysis and views on Turkish politics, the Middle East, Balkans, Europe, U.S-Turkish relations, human rights, free speech, press freedom, history, etc. His opinion articles appeared at the New York Times, the Guardian, El Pais, Svenska Dagbladet, and Al Jazeera English online. Turkey’s first news ombudsman, beginning at Milliyet daily in 1999, Baydar worked in the same role as reader representative until 2014. His work included reader complaints with content, and commentary on media ethics. Working in a tough professional climate had its costs: he was twice forced to leave his job, after his self-critical columns on journalistic flaws and fabricated news stories. Baydar worked as producer and news presenter in Swedish Radio &TV Corp. (SR) Stockholm, Sweden between 1979-1991; as correspondent for Scandinavia and Baltics for Turkish daily Cumhuriyet between 1980-1992, and the BBC World Service, in early 1990's. Returning to Turkey in 1994, he worked as reporter and ediytor for various outlets in print, as well as hosting debate porogrammes in public and private TV channels. Baydar studied informatics, cybernetics and, later, had his journalism ediucatiob in the University of Stockholm. Baydar served as president of the U.S. based International Organizaton of News Ombudsmen (ONO) in 2003. He was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at University of Michigan in 2004. Baydar was given the Special Award of the European Press Prize (EPP), for 'excellence in journalism', along with the Guardian and Der Spiegel in 2014. He won the Umbria Journalism Award in March 2014 and Caravella/Mare Nostrum Prize in 2015; both in Italy. Baydar completed an extensive research on self-censorship, corruption in media, and growing threats over journalism in Turkey as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
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